Past KAC 2012 Events:
Saturday, September 8, 2012
District Three of the Kansas Authors Club held their regular meeting on Sept. 8, 2012, at Sirloin Stockade in Coffeyville. Several members partook of a continental breakfast and fellowship before being called to order by Distirct President Ursula Turner.
- KAC reports included the news that former state presidents will be honored with lifetime memberships. The literary contribution for the 2013 yearbook is due Oct. 6.
- D3 held an election of officers. 2013 officers will be: Ursula Turner, president; Louise Click, vice-president; Joyce Long, secretary; and Grant Williams, treasurer.
- Categories for the Spring 2013 Writing Contest were decided. Prose: Memoir, Inspiration, Short Story, and Story for Children. Word limit on all to be 2000. Poetry categories are: Free verse and Rhymed Verse, both 40 line limit, Whimsy, 20 line limit, and Japanese poetry. Contest details and deadlines will be posted in time for contest submissions.
- Ursula Turner gave a program on "self publishing."
- The spring meeting will be held at Sirloin Stockade at 9 a.m., April 27, 2013.
- After a lunch, surrounded by 150 National Guardsmen, the meeting was adjourned.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Third District of Kansas Authors Club met Saturday, April 14 at the Windsor Place Campus Center.
Lois Hendrix, president, opened the meeting by asking attendees to introduce themselves and tell about their current writing projects. These members attended the meeting:
- Lois Vail is working on a book that involves Hollyhocks with the story moving from one bloom to the other.
- Grant Williams has published two books, Another Day, a novel, and Ten Degrees, a volume of short stories.
- Ruth Ames is starting a book about her grandmother who came by her land through the land rush.
- Barbara Cooper is anticipating writing a story about the angels she experienced.
- Lois Hendrix is working on her book on Burma.
- Ursula Turner is about to finish her book she titled My German Christmas.
A motion was made by Grant Williams to send a check, for $400 to Fourth District for seed money for their convention. It was seconded by Ruth Ames and carried.
A nominating committee was selected with the election of officers to be held at the fall meeting which will take place on Sept. 8 at the same time and place.
Winners of the writing contest were announced.
New Officer nominations were taken for the new 2012-2013 year. Elections
will be at the Fall meeting.
Lunch was a covered dish event with a silent auction to sell our "treasures."
Past Night Writers 2012 Events:
Sat., December 15:
At 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 Night Writers and KAC member Barbara Cooper had a small Christmas get-together at her house. Attendees were asked to bring a small decoration and finger food.
Tues., November 27:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Sycamore Landing with 13 members and two guests, Waneta Davis and Cathy Cain, attending.
Lois Vail, president, opened the meeting and invited Barbara Cooper to talk about her Christmas plans for the group. Cooper will have a get-together at her house at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Everyone attending is asked to bring finger food and a small Christmas decoration.
Louise Click moved to skip the regular December meeting since it would have fallen on Christmas Day. Several seconded.
Ursula Turner handed copies of a folder around to all member. She had designed it for the purpose of recruiting new members, both in this area and in the other twelve counties that make up Third District of the Kansas Authors Club.
Mary Atkinson was hostess for the evening. Her assignment was to write whatever came to mind. A number of members wrote about their families.
Vail did the program by talking about her memoirs.
Tues., Septmeber 25:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Sycamore Landing, with seven members and one guest, Coleen Perkins, attending.
Lois Vail, president, opened the meeting. She said there was no new business to discuss.
Ursula Turner, Third District KAC president, talked about the shrinking membership and asked those present for suggestions on how to attract new members to join our group. One idea was to send flyers to libraries in the 12 counties that make up the district, telling people about the writers group and asking writers to get in touch.
Assignments were read. Hostess Lois Hendrix had asked everyone to write about “My last ‘bucket list’ thing to do before I die.” Stories ranged from wanting to fly in a hot air balloon, to visiting all 50 states, to wanting to lose weight, to taking a trip through Africa.
Joyce Long gave a program on writing her children's books that have the puppet Zortz as the main character. She also talked about her non-fiction book on Frank Bellamy of Cherryvale who, she says, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tues., August 28:
Night Writers, the local chapter of the Kansas Authors Club, met Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Sycamore Landing, with 11 members and two guests attending.
Lois Vail, president, mentioned the fall district meeting which will be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 8, at Sirloin Stockade.
Ursula Turner announced that she is interim district president after Lois Hendrix's unexpected resignation. An election will be held at the district meeting for next year's officers.
District Three treasurer, Grant Williams, was unable to attend the meeting due to his wife's health issues.
Turner handed out a member list. Membership has shrunk somewhat for different reasons. Writers or those who would like to learn, are invited to attend any of the meetings.
Clay Bramble, who had been unable to attend meetings for a while was there to give a program on self-publishing.
Everyone read their assignments, “Write memories about kindergarten or first grade.” Hostess Ruth Ames chose to talk about her trip to Colorado.
Tues., July 24:
Night Writers, the local chapter of the Kansas Authors Club, met Tuesday, July 24, at Sycamore Landing, with 12 members attending.
Lois Vail, president, informed the group there was not much news to discuss.
KAC District president, Lois Hendrix, mentioned that she would not be able to attend the state board meeting due to other obligations, but would email D3 news to the board. She asked for input from members.
Ruth Ames, hostess for the meeting, asked everybody to read their assignments. Writers were to write something about the “Great Depression or the Dustbowl.”
Sat., June 15:
Four members of the Coffeyville Night Writers group attended the Independence Prairie Writers meeting at the Independence Public Library. They went in an attempt to recruit new members and will be excited if the recruitment procures some new members for Night Writers.
Tues., May 22:
Night Writers, the local chapter of the Kansas Authors Club, met Tuesday, May 22, at Sycamore Landing with 10 members attending.
Lois Hendrix, district president, read the financial report. Third District currently has $4757.11 in their treasury. She also announced that she will be in a play "Picnic" by William Inge which will be shown at the Coffeyville high school auditorium on July 19 and 20.
Ursula Turner announced she had won first place with a short story in a writing contest sponsored by the Coffeyville Public Library with the assignment: "Coffeyville Library Memories." Louise Click won second place in poetry.
With little business to take care of, Lois Vail, Night Writer president and hostess for the May meeting, had members read their stories about “A place were you want, or wanted, to be alone.”
Tues., Apr. 28:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, April 28, at Sycamore Landing, with 9 members and one guest, Tommy Amberg, attending.
The recent Third District Spring meeting was discussed along with the lack of membership. The group also discussed visiting the Independence writing group at their next meeting with the aim of possibly recruiting some of their members for the Kansas Authors Club.
Ursula Turner mentioned that some more read-arounds might be considered, only not at the same locations. She mentioned several possibilities.
With the business part of the meeting over, members read their assignments: “Your favorite musician”, given by hostess Ruth Ames. Everybody had a story to tell. Pinky Atkinson brought her laptop and let the group watch and listen to Andre Rieu's rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" on his violin.
Tues., Mar. 27: Lois Hendrix was hostess for the March meeting. Her assignment was to “write about something you are thankful for.”
Tues., Feb. 28:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Sycamore Landing with 12 members attending.
With Lois Vail, Night Writers president, absent, Ursula Turner took her place. She passed around first-day-of-school pictures from Germany where children receive large cardboard cones that are decorated on the outside and are filled with goodies and are meant to take the fear of school away.
Louise Click announced that the Coffeyville Public Library is looking for stories about the library with a 250 word limit.
Lois Hendrix, District 3 president, handed out information from the University of Tulsa for those who might be interested to enter the Nimrod writing competition. Entry fee is $20. She also announced that the district meeting for D3 will be held April 14 at 9 a.m. at the Windsor Place Campus Center.
Turner asked some questions from a book about Kansas trivia, followed by members reading their assignments about the seasons.
Tues., Jan. 24: “write something concerning names.”
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Sycamore Landing, with ten members attending.
Lois Vail, president, opened the meeting at 6 p.m. She asked member to be sure to bring Best Choice labels to the next meeting. She then asked if anyone had any old or new business.
Lois Hendrix, District 2 president, read the treasurer's report and also passed around information about the expenses the district had due to the Kansas Authors Club state convention held in Coffeyville last October.
Ursula Turner posed some questions to members from a Kansas trivia book she had found. Some of the questions are quite difficult.
After all the business had been taken care of, everybody read their assignments which had to do with names, and there were a number of takes on the subject. Lois Vail, who had been unable to attend the last meeting read her assignment for that which was to write about something funny, and she had everybody in stitches.
Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 3